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C# clipboard locking and a crash

While testing a feature that accessed the clipboard recently, I came up against an interesting clipboard scenario. What test strategies and models can we use to approach this feature in order to highlight the most important risks? A straight-forward approach …

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Visual Studio integration with p4merge

Integrating Perforce’s p4merge with Visual Studio can be a bit tricky, but it doesn’t have to be! Using a couple of pre-written batch files and Visual Studio configurations, you’ll be up-and-running in no time. After saving all your changes, you’re all set. …

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Binary serialization in C#

Serializing an object into a binary file is an easy and fast way to persist your objects. If binary serialization is used to cache objects normally read from an XML file, a database or some other file format, you’ll get …

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Overload the array square bracket operator in C#

Although operator overloading is possible in C# (just like in C++), overloading the array square bracket operator is by definition not possible.  However, C# provides an alternative called Indexers (C# Programming Guide). This is directly from the Microsoft C# Reference for …

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Top 10 differences between Java and C#

My latest transition from Java to C# left me scratching my head and scrambling to find the differences. Don’t get me wrong — they are very similar. But some key syntax and philosophical differences set these two languages apart.  Below …